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Bert "Fips" Kaempfert
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Birth: Oct. 16, 1923
Hamburg, Germany
Death: Jun. 21, 1980
Islas Baleares, Spain

Orchestra leader and songwriter. The arranger and producer was born in Hamburg, named Berthold Heinrich Kämpfert. At the age of six he starts to play the piano. His nickname "Fips" was given him when he was a member by Hans Busch and his orchestra. He was serving as a Bandsman in the German Navy while the World War II. During his imprisonment in Denmark he formed his own first Big Band, called "Pik Ass". His own first hit with his Orchestra, was "Wonderland by Night" and had been in 1960. Lots of his tunes became better known as hits for other artists. One of his famos composings is "Strangers in the Night", which became a hit for Frank Sinatra. Also composed by Kaempfert was "Spanish Eyes", it became an Evergreen for Al Martino. Sung in German by Ivo Robić - "Mond guter Freund". Lot of his hits were composed and arranged with the help of his Friend Herbert Rehbein. After their first meeting in 1951, they became Best Friends. He was deeply shocked of Rehbeins death in July 1979. Kaempfert and Rehbein were posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1993.

Cause of Death: Stroke
Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea.
Specifically: Ashes scattered in the Everglades
Created by: Citizen Friend
Record added: Oct 17, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 43201568
Bert Fips Kaempfert
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Bert Fips Kaempfert
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- Citizen Friend
 Added: Oct. 16, 2017

- Mark
 Added: Sep. 20, 2017
I was very young when I was introduced to your music, Bert, probably 6 or 7. But your masterpieces 'Wimoweh' and 'Skokkian' stuck with me and I still listen to them now and then. Now, it has been 37 years since your passing. Hopefully you & your orchestra...(Read more)
- Anonymous
 Added: Sep. 18, 2017
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